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Brad
10-27-2008, 06:07 AM
I was driving up the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday and got a good chance to take pictures of Mt Mitchell. Many folks here have probably never seen it - and it is very different from Mt Washington. It is not very rocky till you get to the summit. The picture below has a powerline cut that points to the summit.

The auto road - just a regular park road with some switchbacks - is not very steep. It comes in from the left and goes around the peaks to the left - past a ranger visitor cabin - to the large parking lot near the summit. The old tower has been torn down and a new visitor observation building is being built. It looks like it will have a large deck on the roof.

http://images40.fotki.com/v1339/photos/8/8235/6858462/CRW_818489-vi.jpg

Pictures from Saturday's drive are at
http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstreet/nc/fall/2008-10-26-hot-air/

It is funny when you drive down for a while and come to a town that is at 4,500 feet elevation. You forget how high you are in this part of the state.

CHRIS
10-27-2008, 07:28 AM
Wow the balloon pictures were fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

Steve M
10-27-2008, 09:42 AM
Very nice pics Brad. I've not been to Mt Mitchell yet but it looks like a fun trip.

Rich
10-27-2008, 09:48 AM
Brad, what are the distant mountains in picture #8202? Is that TN or NC?

Brad
10-27-2008, 11:40 AM
Brad, what are the distant mountains in picture #8202? Is that TN or NC?
That picture is of the Blue Ridge Parkway at one elevated section - in NC - looking SE towards Linville Falls area in NC. That whole area is quite wild with not much out there.

http://images45.fotki.com/v1360/photos/8/8235/6858462/CRW_8202-vi.jpg

If you turn and look north, you see the Linn Cove Viaduct which is quite long and the pictures of it are famous. If you check a Blue Ridge Parkway map, this will pinpoint where I was.

Looking at Linn Cove Viaduct.
http://images41.fotki.com/v1347/photos/8/8235/6858462/CRW_8205-vi.jpg

Parkway map of that section
http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/Maps/map5large.htm

MsCntry
10-27-2008, 04:51 PM
Very nice pics Brad. I love hot air balloons. Thanks for sharing :)